Muslims should shed minority tag: RS Dy Chairman

Muslims in the country should look at themselves as the second biggest chunk of population, Rajya Sabha deputy chairman K Rahman Khan said.

Patna: Muslims in the country should shed
their ``minority syndrome`` and look at themselves as the
second biggest chunk of population in order to find solutions
to their socio-economic problems, Rajya Sabha deputy chairman
K Rahman Khan on Sunday said.

The change of perspective would give them a sense of
empowerment and of their being a collective unit to seek
redressal of their socio-economic problems from within the
community and the political system, he said at a conference
hosted by the Bihar Pradesh Qaumi Tanzeem (BPQT).
The Muslims should understand that the solution to
their problems did not lie with the government or other
communities, but with themselves for which they should set out
their priorities and look for a solution, the 73 year-old
Congress MP from Karnataka said.

It was a matter of concern that the community have
failed to unite their collective betterment 60 years since the
Independence, he said and asked the community to introspect on
the reasons for their deprivation.
The community stood divided on grounds of caste,
sub-religious groups, besides politically.

Stating that there was a general disinclination in the
community to educate its children, Khan said Muslims should
change their views to bring about improvement in their quality
of life, family, religious group and society at large, besides
making them competitive as with other sections of the society.

Referring to the demand for reservation in government
jobs and education for Muslims, Khan asked the community
members to ponder over their socio-economic and political
standing which has `declined to a level where demand for
reservation has to be made from within and outside`.

The community must take the blame on themselves for
having to raise reservation demands despite its number being
about 17 per cent of the population, when similar benefits
were extended to other communities without their seeking it,
Khan said.

There were also talk within the community of lack of
their numbers in Parliament and state legislatures, he said
adding Muslims should ensure that there was no division of the
minority votes to ensure their candidates win so that they
could speak for constitutional empowerment of the community.

NCP general secretary Tariq Anwar, RJD MLC and leader
of opposition in the legislative council Gulam Gaus, RJD MLA
Akhtarul Imam and Jamia Milia University`s Islamic Studies
Head of Department Akhtarul Vase were among those who also
spoke on the occasion.


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